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Million Dollar Embroidery

Skinner’s Boston sale of  ‘American Furniture and Decorative Arts’ on 1 March 2015 (with live online bidding through Bidsquare) features a highly important example of early American needlework that is expected to sell for a sum in the region of $1million. Hali Magzine

The Phillips Family Needlework Picture, worked in wool and silver and gold metallic threads on a linen ground, is one of just a handful of 17th century American pictorial embroideries known, its Tree of Life design closely following English style. Preserved in the Phillips family for more than three centuries. In 1939 it was lent to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where it was documented and remounted by the museum’s textiles department. It was subsequently exhibited at the museum during the winters of 1945 and 1946. Estimated value $800,000–$1,200,000

If you'd like to own a fine piece that features a Tree of Life design, but perhaps want to spend a little less than a cool million, here's an option from Main Street Oriental Rugs:

$4,500 $9,000

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